- August 17, 2016
The Deltatones featuring Charlotte Taylor play up-tempo rhythm and blues served up with healthy doses of soul/funk/smooth jazz unlike any other band in central Arkansas. Not just classic rhythm and blues songs, but a wide variety of soul-stirring R&B ranging from artists like Otis Redding to Otis Rush; Herbie Hancock to the Crusaders to the best from Motown to Stax while putting their own unmistakable stamp on each song. Since the band’s inception in early 2013 this quartet of seasoned professionals has consistently played many top venues in central Arkansas. Every time the Deltatones perform it’s a finger-snapping, toe-tapping, hand clapping dance party shindig!
Stuart Baer/piano, Hammond organ, vocals The Little Rock native began playing the piano at age 5 and studied classical piano at UALR in his teens. In the 1980’s he was a founding member of the popular local band, Fifth Cliff. Stuart joined The Michael Burks Band in the mid ‘90s and helped produce their first cd, ‘From the Inside Out’. He also spent time in Jacksonville, FL touring with the late Dru Lumbar in the regional act Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors playing many large festivals including Riverfest in Little Rock as well as premier clubs like Buddy Guy’s in Chicago and Antone’s in Austin, TX. In addition Stuart has played with blues legends Son Seals and Guitar Shorty and continues to be a very in-demand keyboardist.
Jerry Bone/bass guitar The Arkansas born bass player has worked with major recording star and comedian Jim Stafford in Branson, MO, then later recorded 3 albums and toured with singer/songwriter David Lynn Jones (who wrote a #1 song for Willie Nelson). Later the accomplished bass man joined blues stalwarts The Famous Unknowns, the house band for 3 years at the famous B.B. Kings in Memphis. In addition Jerry has worked with John Ware (Emmylou Harris) in the Red Barn Ramblers, Tony Spinner (Toto) and most recently recorded and produced a CD with R&B vocalist Al Corte, which was selected as the best self-produced CD by the Memphis Blues Society in 2015.
“Motor City” Joe Castrodale/guitar, vocals Having cut his musical teeth on Motown, rhythm and blues, blues, hard rock, punk and jazz, this Detroit native’s versatility is his true asset. His unmistakable style brings a bluesy twist to R&B and soul with a jazzy spin. In addition to his intense and impassioned lead guitar work Joe also prides himself as an uncompromising rhythm guitarist, given his deep Motor City soul/funk roots. Studio credits include Stevie Wonder (as producer), Atlantic Starr, Bootsy Collins, Hazel Payne (Taste of Honey) among others. Joe also toured and performed with David Ruffin of the Temptations, and was a member of Motown recording artist Phoenix Rising. Among the notable musicians Joe has jammed with include Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Bros, The Crusaders, Black Oak Arkansas, Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert and Appice,), John Densmore (the Doors), Black Oak Arkansas and jazz giant Joe Pass.
Lance Womack/drums, vocals While living in Austin, Texas pursuing a career as a professional musician, Lance played with such notables as the great Ronnie Lane (Small Faces,
Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones), Johnnie “Piano Man” Johnson (Chuck Berry), Mel Brown (Bobby Blue Bland), Luther Tucker (Muddy Waters) and Ponty Bone (Joe Ely). In addition, Lance played with Lewis and the Legends on Blue Mondays at the iconic Austin blues club Antone’s. After returning home to Arkansas he joined forces with hometown friend and blues great Michael Burks who went on to win the prestigious Albert King Award at the International Blues Competition. Lance also continues to be a go-to drummer for many other local acts and has toured the USA, Europe, Canada and the Virgin Islands.